Left field

The Reuters global sports blog

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The United States is just across the lake, of course, and on clear days you can almost see it – a sort of line, a sort of haze…Strange, and more dangerous – that much is clear – and maybe because of that superior. Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

In his book Star-Spangled Canadians: Canadians Living the American Dream, journalist Jeffrey Simpson chronicles the lives of Canadians who have left their homeland to display their talent on the world’s biggest stage.

Since the late 1980s the National Hockey League (NHL) has been dreaming about landing a lucrative network television deal south of the Canadian border.

Their sales pitch began in earnest in 1988 when Wayne Gretzky, the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, left sleepy Edmonton to pursue his career in Los Angeles. And to put a Hollywood spin on the storyline, Gretzky married American actress Janet Jones, whose other claim to fame is a small part in the movie Police Academy 5.